Ah Europe in July. An oven! Sprinkled with some summer storms. Isn’t that what everyone wishes to enjoy during a vacation? Ok, ok, enough with the sarcasm. If you are looking for the best European Destinations to visit in July then look no further than…the entire continent. Yes, I am serious. It is high season, everyone is traveling, and the prices are high everywhere. The choice is between baking by the water front or enjoying some cooler nights in the mountains.
While I am certainly not a fan of traveling in July, I always end up traveling in July anyway. I favor the hills and the mountains, ideally without any cell reception, away from the cities, and enjoying the cool nights.
With that in mind, let’s look at some choices for a European vacation in July.
July average temps: 11 C / 52 F
Average accommodation price: from 240USD per night (via Booking.com , special offer)
If you are looking to escape the heat of mainland Europe, Iceland is an amazing choice. Fly into Reykjavik and then venture into the wilderness. From active volcanos to glaciers, the country will make you fall in love. Plan a road trip if you don’t mind driving.
You don’t have to believe us. Check out this awesome photos taken in Iceland !
July average temps: 17.3 C / 63.1 F
Average accommodation price: from 96USD per night (via Booking.com, special offer)
Yes, you are right, another expensive destination. But hey, it’s not scorching hot! Mountains, resort towns, cute cities, Switzerland has them all. If you are after a luxury experience, then Zurich and Geneva should be on your radar. Thankfully, you can still explore the cities on a rather limited budget, but you have to get creative.
July average temps: 15.6 C / 60.1 F
Average accommodation price: from 103USD per night (via Booking.com, special offer)
Ireland is a popular destination during July since it offers respite from the heat. It may be tiny but it is packed with history, incredible scenery, vibrant culture, and…pubs! You can plan a road trip in Ireland if you don’t mind driving, or just spend time exploring Dublin. Oh and don’t forget to try a pint of Guinness!
July average temps: 23.8 C / 74.8 F
Average accommodation price: from 56USD per night (via Booking.com, special offer)
With mountains on one side and the sea on the other, Puglia offers the best of best worlds. Fly into Bari as it is served by a lot of low-cost carriers; go up the coast to Vieste, a resort town home to the longest beach on the Gargano coast; or to Peschici to enjoy a medieval castle alongside the beach, of course; or go south and visit Alberobello or the charming Poligano a Mare.
July average temps: 18 C / 65 F
Average accommodation price: from 31USD per night (via Booking.com, special offer)
And here is my love again, Transylvania. It is also my preferred place to hide in July. Fly into Cluj-Napoca, which is served by a lot of carriers, and then explore the rest of the area. Other interesting places to visit are Brasov, Sighisoara, and Sibiu. There are a lot of places where you can camp, if you prefer to stay in nature.
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